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Much of my time is spent tutoring other students in either math or computer science.
Unfortunately I am also extremely busy outside my tutoring hours so there is little extra time to fit their needs.
It would be helpful if there were places they could go when students can't reach me. So here are a list of sites that may be helpful along with a short critism to help students decipher which to choose.
- myMathlab is a program hosted by Pearson, the makers of many common Math Text books. This site gives many tutorials, practice quizes, and strictly coincides with ones book. Coinciding with the book seems to be the only good aspect though. Questions often are vague and mark perfectly correct answers wrong confusing the student. So this is fine if you want to study strictly along with the book, but otherwise I don't believe this site will be as helpful as others.
- Webassign is also book connected and follows specific books. However, this is much better than myMathlab because it has high usability math tools and buttons, clear tutorials, and right answers. This is mostly for higher level mathcourses though, so college algebra students may not want to use this.
- Kahn Acedemy is an ineresting and engaging website that in my tutoring opinion would be a great alternative to a tutor. It sets goals for you, shows your progress in an interesting way, and lets you take short quizes as much as one wants.It gives the user subconcious insentives like trophys after a certain section has been mastered.
- Calc Chat is again another book related website, but focused on calculus. There were many days where I relied on this site to show me how to do a problem in Calc 4. This site basically has solutions and answers to every question to every Larson Book. All one needs to do is find the book, pick a chapter, and go from there. However, the solutions tend to be somewhat confusing.
- math.com at first glance is site for grade school math help. However, most of the help that college students need for is rooted in basic high school level math. That makes this the perfect site for many pre- and college algebra students. Many of the toughest topics in college algebra are layed out in plane view on the home page. There also links to get online tutoring!
- interact math is just like calc-chat but for college algebra level and focuses on Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall textbooks. It also connects to various other websites including myMathlab.(So I am unsure of it's reliability.
- Stack overflow is a forum site where people can ask questions about any coding problems or help that they need. People put extremely useful tutorials and code that one can effectively learn from. I've personally used this countless times to figure out how to do certain things.The main problem with this is if your searching for a particular subject, it is not garanteed that a usefull answere can be found.
- oracle java tutorials is useful for api needs, figuring out methods for java, and downloading updates to the java virtual machine. However, beyond that it is very formal and seems to assume the reader knows exactly what to do. This site would be a last resort.
- w3schools.com is an excellent resource for those who need help in web programming. It has extremly clear tutorials, as well as working examples of how certain bits of code should work. I have also used this site extensively.
- codeacedemy is much like Kahn Academy except that it focuses on coding, especially web programming. It's interesting because it gives classes, not just tutorials to teach its focus. It has a clean look to it and its free! Unfortunately these classes is said to last 4 hours!
This concludes my suggestions and comparisons of websites that one could go to for help.